The Artist Alone
She crawls a maze of cold and damp to the very edge of familiar. All truth
is blurred. Leaning against the wall, the mirror, more in place than out, is
she looks at her real hand—if those are the best words—as if
she doesn’t remember why she’s come—all sinew and shade,
soft curve of the hip, a bit done for—or why her hand has lived its life
and she has lived hers, lost in the hard ruins, unwilling to stop until she
disappears into that other Rome, slick with rain and more time than could ever
These walls are no match for her. She hides because there’s nothing left.
She turns away her face, her motion a haze to silence, her breath a fragile
wing of air.
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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 29 | Summer 2010